Story and meaning of the song - "Kiss Of Death" by IC3PEAK
Popular Russian band IC3PEAK. constantly surprises listeners. In their songs it's hard to predict what's going to happen next. It's just like in horror movies - the calmness can suddenly change to some ugly growling and total mess. And it's interesting. Something Recalls Bring Me The HorizonBut if it sounds quite natural there, here it is very, very unexpected. Mainly because IC3PEAK makes abundant use of folklore scenery.
In 2022, the band did not betray itself - they released new album «Kiss Of Death". It differs radically from all the others only in one feature: it is recorded with inserts in English. But the moments of tranquility followed by horrible images and screams, the sweet images of the vocalist and the unrestrained Russian longing Remains. So what's so special about the new album and the song "Kiss Of Death" (2022)? Let's get to the bottom of it.
All about the song "Kiss Of Death" (2022) by IC3PEAK
New track IC3PEAK - "Kiss Of Death"(2022) was released in Russian with English inserts. This is because IC3PEAK is one of the most popular Russian bands abroad. The only one who can compete with them in popularity among English-speaking listeners is Little Big.
Most of the previous songs were recorded entirely in Russian, not counting the records of the first two albums - everything there is in English. But the band has a lot of fans both in Russia and abroad. This was evident from Spotify's statistics when it was still available in Russia.
Another feature of the song "Kiss Of Death" is that it is not so much about Russian longing as it is about about love. And it's about a rather strange love... That's what makes the song different from the rest of IC3PEAK. Also a music video was made for the song. You can watch IC3PEAK music video here:
Subject Russian folklore is still paramount in the work of IC3PEAK musicians. The music video "Kiss Of Death" has a lot of attributes of the Russian culture. For example, the guys eat baranki and drink "blood" from the samovar. And that's just what obviously catches the eye.
And the musicians didn't make any wisecracks with the semantic part and stayed true to the usual simplicity. Still, this is not the main thing in this kind of music. The Meaning of Kiss Of Death is quite simple: a girl is unhappy that she is unnecessary when she is doing well. She is only needed when she is doing badly. The song begins with lines like these:
You don't want me happy (You don't need me happy)
You want me when I'm sad (You need me when I'm sad)
You don't want me healthy (You don't need me healthy)
You want me when I'm bad (You need me when I'm sick)
Next, the girl just asks if her lover wants a kiss from her. The last kiss is a "kiss of death. The motto of the song would be something like:
"You wanted me to feel bad, and now you're going to die."
All about the album "Kiss Of Death" (2022) by IC3PEAK
Kiss Of Death" album released on April 22, 2022. Album consists of 12 songs:
- "Kiss of Death
- "Vampir" (with Oliver Sykes of Bring Me the Horizon)
- "Last Day / New Day" (with Grimes)
- "Bad Night."
- "Worm (with Kim Dracula)
- "Let's die together, I'm not kidding."
- "Are you scared? I am not"
- "I wanted to die, but now I don't want to."
- "Dead But Pretty
- "I'm not evil, I'm sad".
- "Love Like Poison."
- "Let It Go."
Some of the tracks used vocal parts of guest artists. On "Vampir" he sang Oliver Sykes from Bring Me the Horizon, in "Last Day/New Day," the singer GrimesAnd on the track "Worm / Worm" the musicians were helped by the Australian rap metalist Kim Dracula.
On the songs "Dead But Pretty"and "Kiss Of Death" were withdrawn video clips. The first one was released when the album was released, and the video "Kiss Of Death" was released on July 12, 2022. At the same time the videos are very different from each other. Mainly by the setting and the fact that Kiss Of Death contains many references to Russian mythology.
In the songs of this album, IC3PEAK once again sing about the allure of darkness and longing, singing about their vivid longing for suffering and death. And it's not only expressed in the songs. This time it's on the cover of the album as well. It features a gravestone of the duo.
The traditional musical basis of electronica is spiced up with punk, metal, and ethnic Russian motifs. But this time the band came up with an amazing symbiosis. Their songs combine Russian motifs, Russian culture and choruses in English. The first two IC3PEAK albums were in English. You could say that, in a sense, "Kiss Of Death" is a continuation of the band's original tradition.
It is true that the group has yet to return to all-English texts. not ready. Everybody, both Russian and English fans, are too accustomed to the way the artists perform their songs in Russian. Maybe that's why IC3PEAK decided to experiment only with choruses. And it's worth noting. the experiment was very successful. Such a combination was appreciated by foreign listeners, and Russian listeners were not upset. In general, the meaning of the songs remained clear - and that's enough.